Choosing a wedding venue is the first thing you need to do when starting to plan your wedding. It might sound like a simple task but it can be a decisive factor in having a perfect wedding or a headache. And you need to make a decision because the best wedding venues are usually booked for months in advance.
You will need to make a few decisions and consider some things before finalizing a venue. Not taking into account those can increase the risk of your wedding becoming memorable (but for wrong reasons). Here are the mistakes you should avoid while selecting a wedding venue.
1. Not inquiring about expenses
Approach the potential venues in your selected area for price lists before paying a visit. Ask other details as well. Otherwise, you will be roaming from place to place realizing the venue is out of your budget. Make sure that the price you are getting is all inclusive.
Ask them what the quoted cost includes and how much it will be in case of overtime. It will help you decide between different venues. Ask them if they offer staffing, catering, and let you do your own decorations. Know if they are offering these services at the given price, or they would charge extra. Learn about the venue’s specifications.
2. Going to a venue without an appointment
For the type-A people, even raising the possibility would seem obnoxious. However, plenty of couples commit this mistake of showing up at a venue without taking an appointment beforehand. You should always make an appointment before going to the venue. Otherwise, you may not find the salesperson you wanted to talk to. He/she may be busy with some other potential customer.
As a result, you will not be able to get the information crucial for making a decision. There is a possibility that no one is free at the time you arrive at the venue to show you around and help you envisage your big day. Therefore, you should always go to a venue after taking an appointment and doing the requisite research to make an informed decision.
3. Not considering budget while looking for venues
If you have not decided on your budget, there is no point in looking out for a venue. You do not know how much you can set aside for different chores. Once you have accounted for the costs and fees, cross the venues that are out of your budget. No matter how much you like the venue, it should always be within your budget unless you want to give up on the other things.
You may have to give up on the honeymoon or other financial plans as a couple if you make this mistake. Also, send a person you trust if you cannot go yourself to a wedding venue. Do not seal the deal without visiting a venue in person. There is a possibility the venue may be quite different from what it looks like in the pictures.
4. Making the guest list after booking the venue
You might think there is a lot of time for creating a wedding guest list. However, this is not the case. Many of your wedding-related decisions depend on the guest list. One such decision is picking a wedding venue. You may want your ceremony to take place at the hilltop or in a secluded place in the woods. But if your guest list is long or some of your important guests are senior citizens, these venues are the wrong choice. If you want to invite more people to the wedding, you will need a large, spacious venue. Choosing the right venue is not possible without having a guest list.
5. Not planning for guest accommodations
Do not finalize the wedding venue before deciding the guest accommodations. Check the availability and accessibility of the guest accommodations near the venue. If your venue is far away from the guest’s accommodation, your guests will face quite an inconvenience. Moreover, guests who are coming from outside the city or town will be more likely to RSVP yes if their accommodation is taken into consideration.
Bio: Emily is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and she writes for FergusJames.com. You can visit the website to shop for your wedding or engagement rings. Fergus James specializes in creating customized diamond rings for men and women.